[News] Microsoft Still Operates Like Mafia Against GNU/Linux

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Microsoft: still a business of threats?

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| The obvious thought came to me while writing last week's column ("SCO Group: 
| Its future is all used up") that about the only folk (other than the deluded 
| and amoral management of the SCO Group) that want the SCO Group effort 
| attacking Linux and other open source initiatives to succeed is Microsoft. So 
| I decided to explore that side in this follow-up column, but a bit of reading  
| led me to the conclusion that things are not as simple as they appear.    
| For years Microsoft has been claiming that Linux has been stealing its 
| intellectual property rights (IPR, i.e., patented technology). 
| The obvious, and sometimes stated, intent of this was to make corporate IT 
| buyers decide that Microsoft technology was the legally safe way to go since 
| there might be lawsuits in the wings. This Microsoft effort has seemingly 
| attempted to exceed the effort by The SCO Group in the sleazy department.   
| Microsoft claimed that the Linux development community was knowingly stealing 
| Microsoft IPR and broadly implied that Microsoft might come after Linux users 
| some day. However, Microsoft did not spell out what the technology was so 
| that the Linux community could stop "violating" Microsoft's rights. 
| (See "Microsoft: Delaying product, spewing FUD.")     


Microsoft and SCO truly deserve to be arrested or something for vile behaviour,
for being bullies. But who would police them? A president who too is a bully,
and is also funded by Microsoft?


Beware Microsoft's Mistake: Looking Desperate

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| You remember that old dating wisdom about playing hard to get? Turns out it
| might apply to the business world, too.
| Consider Microsoft MSFT, which opened the door this week on yet another
| possible takeover of Yahoo! YHOO. Just when it seemed like Microsoft had
| finally walked away from a potential deal, the company admitted they're still
| open to negotiations -- provided Yahoo! ditches its current board of
| directors.
| How do the maneuverings of two tech giants apply to small business? The
| lesson is in the way this ongoing back-and-forth is affecting Microsoft's
| reputation. It's fine to be aggressive in going after what you want. But act
| too desperate -- or come across like a bully -- and you'll lose the battle of
| public opinion. Microsoft can afford to look like the bad guy, but can you?


Microhoo: Ballmer takes off his gloves

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| What Ballmer means: Jerry, you are making us both look bad. It's time to get
| in gear, and if I have to bring on the irate dancing monkey and go straight
| to the shareholders, I will.  


Microsoft Threatens Yahoo Board With Proxy Battle, Lower Bid

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| Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Steven A. Ballmer threatened Yahoo Inc.
| directors with a hostile takeover of the company if they don't reverse course
| and agree to a deal within the next three weeks.  

Microsoft says to borrow money for Yahoo deal

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| Microsoft Corp said on Monday it may borrow money for the first time in its
| history to fund a portion of its $44.6 billion unsolicited offer for Yahoo
| Inc.  



Sun exec accuses Microsoft of 'patent terrorism'

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| The efforts of Microsoft to pressure the Linux community over alleged and
| unspecified patents is akin to "patent terrorism", according to a local
| executive for Sun Microsystems.  


Microsoft, the art of Corporate Terrorism.

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| Microsoft, no longer the technological leader in the Computer Desktop
| market, is taking on a terrorist role in its attempt remain in power
| at all costs. (see the link to the CNN story below)
| The tactic is intended to frighten current, and would be, free
| software users away from products that Microsoft just can't compete
| with. It's not a new tactic, but for the first time desperation is
| beginning to show.


Convicted Monopolist Terrorizes Software Industry

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| That headline is designed to grab your attention. Sensationalistic as
| it may be, it also happens to be true, if what you mean by 'terrorize'
| is to provoke fear.
| If you've been following the presidential race in the United States,
| you know the present crop of candidates have been exploiting the fear
| of the American people as they never have before in the history of
| the country.


Microsoft's American Proxy Patent War Continues

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| PJ & Company astutely make the connection that behind "IP Innovation LLC" is
| a group called Acacia which is staffed by senior Microsoft agents, including
| Jonathan Taub, a Microsoft Hero & Key Achiever.  

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